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Walk around of the honey bee, Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758 by Safari LTD for their Incredible Creatures line, originally released in 2006. What is surprising about this figure is that it is the ONLY insect to ever be released in the Incredible Creatures line, and it would be the only terrestrial arthropod if not for the recent sinking of the old Hidden Kingdom line into the IC line (of course, the only remaining figures in that line are the monarch, black widow, orange-kneed tarantula, and revamped scorpion). It amazes me that the largest groups of animals have been so underrepresented in the IC line! My hopes is that sinking the HK figures into the IC line might revitalize this group by Safari.

This figure is 11.0 cm long, making it slightly smaller than 10:1 for an average-sized worker. The form of the eyes and presence of a stinger suggests a worker bee. The detail is fairly nice but still comes off as 'generic' like so many bin-style figures. The thorax is denuded on top, which is not uncommon for workers who have been around a while. The hind tibiae are expanded but they didn't sculpt a defined pollen basket. The wings are transparent but the wing venation is not correct (for a figure this size, they could have made the venation accurate if they so chose), but then again, what company outside of Japan would go to the trouble of having accurate wing venation?

As I said earlier, I am hoping Safari's 2018 releases (new spiny lobster, revamped scorpion) are a sign that the IC line will be more diverse and have more insects in the future.

squishy backbone-less things? LOL. By the way, great idea for displaying the jellyfish!

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:07:02 AM »
Great addition stemturtle! Looks like a nice realistic figure, rather than an anthropomorphised character.

King Louie actually is not in the Jungle Book books. He was added for the Disney cartoon movie, but when they made the live action/CGI one a couple years ago, they changed Louie from an orangutan to Gigantopithecus, namely because the former has never occurred in India whereas the latter has!

I am surprised this figure didn't get more chatter on DTF since it's an extinct guy! :)

Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Wyoming Toad K&M
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:04:02 PM »
I still have it. Sorry, not for sale.

Since this topic came up again, any chance of replacing the photos?  ;) C:-)


Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:13:17 PM »
So, last night running errand, I stopped by a dollar store, since historically they are a great place to find toy animals and often insects. In a bin of assorted animals (sea life, dinosaurs, reptiles), I found the following spider. I went ahead and got it, but it wasn't until later I realized it was by Imperial Toys, and marked 2016! I didn't realize Imperial was still making animal figures.

The spider isn't realistic or modeled after a given species, but it is stamped with the Imperial logo. I wonder if the other animals in the bin were also Imperial?

If you look on the bottom, you will see there is also a large blank square area; this is probably for redistribution by another company (for example, a novelty company that wants to sell this spider at Halloween time - I have noticed Halloween decor usually has these kinds of barn-door stamps).

Anyway, happy to get a new Imperial figure, and for $1 USD LOL

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:18:01 AM »
Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

I do not own the Gigantopithicus figure from the Jungle Book. Here is a link to King Louie by Bullyland on eBay.
Gigantopithicus belonged to subfamily Ponginae in Asia, with 3 species ranging from 9 million to 100,000 years ago.

King Louie from the original Disney cartoon is an orangutan, but in the newer Jungle Book (the one that came out last year or before) had a Gigantopithecus. Here is a link to a set with one:

Animal groups / Re: Apes - superfamily Hominoidea
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:19:42 AM »
Great start to a taxon that needs more coverage here. Thanks again stemturtle! Did you not get one of the Jungle Book figures of a Gigantopithicus? Normally I would not collect anthropomorphized characters but at least they were realistic looking in the recent Disney movie.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:04:20 PM »
Please identify the creature that looks like a sand crab in the third photo between the large sow bug and huge mantis shrimp. Who is the manufacturer? Thanks.

hey James, that's a polyresin figure of an armadilidiid isopod by Martin Perry Studios.

Collections / Re: Blaine's Collection - on shelves
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:50:53 PM »
OK, been a long time since I updated shots of my display cabinets. This time, the crustaceans. Like with the butterflies and moths, these are not everything. Smaller, generic figures are stored away and larger figures are randomly places around the house. Sorry the focus isn't great, given depth of space. I think I need units with more, but more shallow, shelves.

this last display is in my bathroom:

ah you have the COG Aysheaia and trilobite I am still hunting down :-). I have the others in that set that interest me, but those two elude me still :)

Dude, these decapods are epoch! I mean, literally, they were produced by the company Epoch! They come from various sets.

roughly left to right, top to bottom (some of these have been shown already); those with an asterisk (*) are unique at the species level:
1. giant Japanese spider crab, Macrocheira kaempferi
2. Japanese spiny lobster, Panulirus japonicus
3. Alaskan king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus
4. freshwater crab, Geothelphusa dehanni
5. long-armed hermit crab, Pagurus longicarpus*
6. terrestrial hermit crab, Coenobita caviceps [one of three color variants I have]
7. European lobster, Homarus gammarus*
8. harlequin shrimp, Hymenocera picta*
9. floral egg crab, Atergatis floridus*
10. coconut crab, Birgus latro
11. fiddler crab, Austruca lactea
12. squat lobster, Ibacus ciliatus
13. long-armed soldier crab, Mictyris longicarpus

Time to get back to this thread. These are the LARGE AAA figures; it does not include smaller versions. Also, I am missing at least the spiny lobster. But here are the four large decapods I have (I have the mantis shrimp too, but that is not a decapod):

1. dungeness crab, Metacarcinus magister Dana, 1852
2. mud crab, Scylla serrata (Forsskal, 1774) (one of the first posts in this thread is the small AAA version of this species)
3. Maine lobster, Homarus americanus Milne-Edwards, 1827
4. tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon Fabricius, 1798

New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:12:50 PM »
I plan on getting the plankton set, but I will pass on the caterpillars.

New for 2018 / Re: Ikimon new for 2018
« on: February 24, 2018, 03:37:40 PM »
Available now (thanks, Brett, for the pic): plastic plankton on chains. They are flat and clear, but I'm still getting them!  (and I suspect stemturtle will as well) :-)

New for 2018 / Re: Kaiyodo - New for 2018
« on: February 24, 2018, 01:21:23 AM »
I successfully merged them!

By the way, the T-rex is available now (in green, too) but the crab is delayed.

Other/Miscellaneous / Amazing Ant (Becker & Meyer)
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:28:51 AM »
Time for another one of those fun, novelty walk-arounds. This time, it's the Amazing Ant by Becker & Meyer, released in 2003. This is a simpler version of some of the anatomy model kits by other companies, such as 4D Master, etc. Still, it has an irresistible charm to it!  :). I should point out early, this was free from stargatedalek! I only had to pay for shipping! And a quick internet search doesn't show it being relatively available anywhere so I am glad to have gotten it.

The ant comes in 11 pieces:top, bottom, 2 antennae, internal organs (combined in one), and 6 legs. The body is clear, revealing the internal organs. This particular figure is missing one antennae (stars made that clear to me, so I knew it was incomplete beforehand). I will probably seal the parts with glue or something.

The figure measures 10 cm not including appendages, and the way the legs sprawl it takes up roughly 10 x 10 cm of ground space. Because it is not attributable to a given species, I cannot give a scale.

It's pretty simple and easy to assemble, so not much else to say. On to the pics:

New for 2018 / Re: Tennoji Zoo - New for 2018
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:49:31 PM »
this is Kaiyodo but I cannot figure out how to merge topics. I have the rights but can't figure it out  LOL. Maybe Adam will see this and do it  ::)

These are nice; I appreciate Kaiyodo is expanding outside of Japan's fauna even if the animals are few and far between. Some of these would be nicer if they didn't have the 'captivity' feel to them.

Classifieds / Re: The Feedback Thread
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:43:17 PM »
well time for some positive feedback, thanks to stargatedalek for the ant model (will do a walkaround) and Beetle Guy for filling more gaps in my beetle collection!

EDIT: and a couple little trilobites? What are those from? Did you make them custom 3D printing?

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:16:57 PM »
Some more beetles from Beetle Guy!

First, Chalcosoma moellenkampi, Dorcus titanus sakishaminus, and Hexarthrius mandibularis from F-toy
Next, Megasoma elephas and Odontolabis cypri from their small standard and DX sets, respectively
Also, a cool Rosalia lesnei (?) and butterfly, both from unknown manufacturers

Next, my gift as part of the STS Forum's 'Custom Figure Swap'. The person who I was assigned to (Susanne), customized the Bullyland grasshopper into Chromacris icterus!

AAA / Re: Mantis Shrimp (AAA)
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:42:30 PM »
Received one of these in a mail today, it's a beautiful thing and I'm incredibly excited to have one, but it's giving me quite the scare. It's sticky. Is this plastic "meant" to be ever so slightly sticky? I can't imagine it is, but the plastic itself seems slightly different from the other AAA I own so I can't say for sure.

Mine is not sticky. I wonder if yours was previously stored under conditions that caused it to start to break down or something?

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